Since the day’s other article was a little on the short side, I felt like I’d treat to you to one of my sightings on a recent visit to Sweden.
The same year Honda dazzled us with the NSX and Lotus revealed the Carlton, BMW dazzled us with this mediocrity. I had forgotten that 1990 was such a special year. I don’t remember the press being very critical about the interior of this car. Compared to the E30 this is shocking, the kind of thing BMW drivers thought that Opel and Ford drivers had to endure. Having worked out that their customers never went near the Blue Oval or the GMpire, BMW decided this kind of thing would do just fine.
Did the Ulm-educated designers take early retirement at BMW?
This is BMW’s attempt at an airbag embedded in the dashtop. The panel gaps don’t quite line up with those on the inexplicably busy ventilation panel below it – notice the feature line running sideways from vent to vent. That padded panel has two different radii in the corners.
I really never expected these discoveries. The next thing is to take a look at the interiors of the cars on sale circa 1994 to see how to place this nasty confection.